Circumnavigate Hayling Island by Sea Kayak

Circumnavigate the beaches, harbours and coastline of Hayling Island by sea kayak. 1 day. 0 days off work.

This micro-adventure circumnavigates the popular water sports destination of Hayling Island. The island epitomizes the British coastal experience with clear water, clean beaches, pretty harbours and miles of varied coastline. A sea kayak is the perfect way to explore the island.

Your hassle-free adventure includes:

  • 1 days kayaking
  • Experienced guide
  • Kayak rental
  • Kayak equipment rental

Perfect for: Anyone looking for a quick hit adventure exploring the British coast. Basic kayaking experience (BC 2 Star) is recommended to enjoy the trip to the fullest. You should be comfortable in the water and need to be fit enough for three hours of moderate paddling.

Need To Know

Your host will still run the circumnavigation in the rain - you’re going on the water and stand to get wet anyway! Your host is more concerned with the wind speed and direction, and also if there are thunderstorms forecast. Tours are rarely cancelled however, if the weather is going to be particularly awful your host will offer you an alternative route or date.

Not included in your adventure: - Transport to and from Hayling Island - Food - Insurance

Basic kayaking experience (BC 2 Star) is recommended to enjoy the trip to the fullest. You should be comfortable in the water and need to be fit enough for three hours of moderate paddling.

Yes absolutely. It’s a great way to meet like-minded people.

Your local host recommends that you bring multiple light layers of quick-drying clothing so that you can adjust depending on the temperature. Please avoid bulky items of clothing as they may impact your ability to swim and are difficult to fit under a life vest.

Please bring a change of clothes for after your trip.

The driest and warmest months to visit Hayling Island are from May to September when temperatures range between 16-25 degrees Celsius. Winter months are cooler and wetter.

As a coastal location, Hayling Island can be windy so it is worthwhile to bring a windproof. This being the UK, cold and wet weather is possible at any time of year so make sure you pack accordingly.


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Hayling Island is a 30-kilometre square island located just off the South coast of England, near Portsmouth. The island has a rich seafaring history and was the birthplace of windsurfing. It is now a popular destination among water sports enthusiasts looking to make the most of the clean waters surrounding the island.

Hayling Island characterises many of the best aspects of the British seaside experience with many miles of varied coastline and clean Blue Flag beaches. The island also has a strong military history and was an important defensive post during the World War II.

Start point?
The adventure starts at Nab View carpark on the South East corner of Hayling Island. The start time will be between 09:00 and 13:00 depending on tide times. Your host will be in touch ahead of time to confirm.

Finish point?
The trip ends back at the Nab View carpark. The end time is approximately 5 hours from the start time.

Getting there and away?
If arriving by public transport the closest train station is Havant which has a regular service from London and other destinations in the South East. From the station, a bus service to Hayling Island is available and takes approximately 15 minutes.

What to Expect

Day Trip: Kayak Hayling island

Your mini-adventure starts at the South East corner of Hayling Island. Your experienced guide will get you kitted up and ready to go and soon you’ll be ready for the off.

Your route around the island is cunningly designed to harness the power of the tides. Along the way, you’ll see the sights of Hayling island from a new perspective and have the chance to ride a few waves.

At the halfway point, you’ll hop ashore for a quick break with either a picnic or a trip to the Ship Inn. During the day there is a good chance of an up-close encounter with the charismatic local seals.

Approximately 21km paddling

Note: This itinerary and the duration of the activities are subject to change due to group abilities and preferences, and weather conditions and forecasts.


As this is a day trip, there is no accommodation included. If you would like to stay nearby there are plenty of great accommodation options in the area, from cosy B&B’s to five-star hotels.

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